No. 7 Tennessee avenges loss to No. 4 Kentucky
Jordan Bone scored a career-high 27 points, and Tennessee beat Kentucky 71-52 on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., to maintain its home-court dominance and snap the Wildcats’ four-game winning streak.
Tennessee (26-3, 14-2) earned its 25th straight home victory to remain tied for first place in the SEC with No. 13 LSU. The Volunteers haven’t lost a home game since falling 94-84 to Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018.
The Vols also beat Kentucky (24-5, 13-3) at home for a fourth straight year to delight a sellout crowd in the first regular-season matchup of top-10 teams at Thompson-Boling Arena since the facility’s 1987 opening. Tennessee is 4-0 at home against Kentucky under coach Rick Barnes.
Indiana 63, No. 6 Michigan St. 62: Justin Smith scored a career-high 24 points, and the Hoosiers (15-14, 6-12 Big Ten) beat the Spartans (23-6, 14-4) in Bloomington, Ind., for their second victory over a ranked opponent this week.
UCF 69, No. 8 Houston 64: Collin Smith scored 21 points, and the Knights (22-6, 12-4 American) took over after halftime to upset the Cougars (27-2, 14-2) in Houston. Central Florida snapped a sevengame losing streak to ranked foes and ended Houston’s nation-leading, 33-game home winning streak.
No. 2 Virginia 73, Pitt 49: Kyle Guy scored 17 points, and the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-2) held onto at least a share of the ACC lead in Charlottesville, Va., while handing the Panthers their 12th straight loss overall, 20th consecutive ACC road defeat and 23rd road loss in a row.
No. 11 Texas Tech 81, TCU 66: Jarett Culver and Davide Moretti each had 15 points, and the Red Raiders (24-5, 12-4) beat the Horned Frogs (18-11, 6-10) in Fort Worth to stay atop the Big 12 standings with their program-record 12th conference victory and seventh straight win.
No. 13 LSU 74, Alabama 69: Skylar Mays scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, and Javonte Smart had 19 to lead the Tigers (24-5, 14-2 SEC) over the Crimson Tide (17-12, 8-8) in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to maintain their share of the conference lead.
No. 14 Purdue 86, Ohio State 51: Carsen Edwards scored 25 points, and the Boilermakers (22-7, 15-3) routed the Buckeyes (18-11, 8-10) inWest Lafayette, Ind., to take sole possession of the Big Ten lead.
No. 15 Kansas 72, Oklahoma St. 67: Dedric Lawson scored 20 points and tied a season high with 15 rebounds as the Jayhawks (22-7, 11-5 Big 12) escaped Stillwater with a win over the Cowboys (10-19, 3-13), their fifth in six games. No. 19Wisconsin 61, Penn State 57: Brevin Pritzl scored 17 points off the bench on 5-for-5 shooting, and the Badgers (20-9, 12-6 Big Ten) held the Nittany Lions (12-17, 5-13) without a field goal for the final 8 minutes to win in Madison, Wis.
No. 24 Wofford 85, Samford 64: Fletcher Magee made eight 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 36 points, and the Terriers (26-4, 18-0) beat the Bulldogs (16-15, 6-12) in Birmingham, Ala., to complete a perfect run through the Southern Conference. Wofford, which has won 17 straight overall, will play in a SoCon quarterfinal next Saturday.
Syracuse 79, Wake Forest 54: Tyus Battle scored 21 points, and the Orange (19-10, 10-6 ACC) held the Deacons (11-17, 4-12) without a basket for 131⁄ minutes in the second half to win in Winston-Salem. Chaundee Brown scored 14 to lead Wake.